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The Basics of Quote-to-order Systems
Global competition means more choice for consumers and increasing customer demands. Manufacturers and distributors must develop a better understanding of what

example of a quote  industrial product sectors. Some examples of complex products include networks, telecommunications, and information technology (IT) equipment; air and liquid movement systems; electrical power systems; motors, compressors, and fans; transportation equipment (including automobiles); and industrial machinery. Such complex products are typically characterized by high finished-goods value, with many possible features and options, and complex rules and constraints governing applicability and interoperability Read More

Configure Price Quote (CPQ)
Configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions (sometimes known as quote-to-order, or Q2O, systems) help drive sales effectiveness by supporting configuration and pricing activities and the generat...
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Concept by Configure One Is Now a TEC Certified Quote-to-Order Solution
TEC is pleased to announce that Concept by Configure One is now a TEC certified quote to order (Q2O) solution and is available for evaluation online in the

example of a quote  price a product. For example, a truck manufacturer can design a configurator (a series of questions) which a sales rep or a dealer can answer online. Upon the input of specific answers, the system automatically pulls the necessary data which allows the software to generate a price, a bill of materials, and drawings. These documents can then be attached to a quote that will be sent to a customer or to an ERP or CRM system. Users can access the system directly through their login or through other third Read More
Comparing the Total Cost of Ownership of Business Intelligence Solutions
For many companies, traditional business intelligence (BI) software is costly and resource-intensive. So are open source alternatives that require significant

example of a quote  be cleaned and transformed. Examples of such cleansing and transformation operations include: bad record rejection, missing value handling, parent-child hierarchy unrolling, time-based sequence analysis, special-purpose business logic, custom record-matching and lookups, etc. In both on-premise and Open Source BI toolsets, data transformation and cleansing is accomplished using independent ETL tools (e.g. Kettle.) These tools are designed for generalized data movement that involve the following steps: Read More
Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America
By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than

example of a quote  of mouth. A good example of this thinking can be found in the profile Nan's Necessity. One consultant we interviewed put it this way: When I speak to groups of small independents, I ask two questions. The first, can you give me the name and contact information for your 100 most profitable customers last year? Usually about 10 percent raise their hand. And then I ask of the 10 percent, what did you do for those customers? Have you thanked them? Those are the people who love you. And they don't want Read More
Stemming the Loss of Knowledge Capital: A Business Fix for Manufacturers
The clock is ticking for manufacturers to come up with a solution to the ongoing loss of knowledge capital. Their best hope lies in introducing knowledge

example of a quote  a communication disconnect. For example, since the shop floor and assemblers often work in silos, separate from the design team, there is a need to improve communication of processes. Time and effort is lost as changes and processes pass through various departments that are often in different locations and working on different priorities. With disparate teams, the sharing of knowledge is critical to successful ETO projects; after all, the engineer's view of the world is different from that of plant Read More
Leadership When It Really Matters: A Closer Look at Investing in PLM Technology to Profit in a Down Economy
Loss of strategic vision and leadership can pose a greater threat to organizations than dramatic economic downturn. Companies that invest in technology wisely

example of a quote  When It Really Matters: A Closer Look at Investing in PLM Technology to Profit in a Down Economy Loss of strategic vision and leadership can pose a greater threat to organizations than dramatic economic downturn. Companies that invest in technology wisely will gain a competitive advantage and even prosper during hard times. Achieving financial results hinges on finding a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution that delivers business benefits not only in the short-term but also long into the Read More
For a Million Gallons of Glue Find a Marketplace on Steroids
FreeMarkets, Inc., will provide marketplace access and services to the United States Postal Service. The USPS is the first Federal entity to use FreeMarkets

example of a quote  a Million Gallons of Glue Find a Marketplace on Steroids For a Million Gallons of Glue Find a Marketplace on Steroids D. Geller - May 2nd, 2000 Event Summary FreeMarkets, Inc. (NASDAQ: FMKT) runs a marketplace that enables large competitive auctions for the purchase of industrial parts and raw materials. Unlike most digital market makers whose goal is to create completely digital marketplaces, FreeMarkets provides value by combining technology with labor-intensive services. When buying a thousand rolls Read More
How a Paper and Packing Company Grew with a Scalable ERP System
Joshen Paper & Packaging needed to update its enterprise resource planning (ERP) distribution system. Joshen partnered with Vormittag Associates Inc. (VAI) and

example of a quote  a Paper and Packing Company Grew with a Scalable ERP System How a Paper and Packing Company Grew with a Scalable ERP System If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Haier America Implements RFID Technology VAI designs fully integrated, customized system to meet the requirements of big box retailers. Source : Haier Resources Related to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) : Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) (Wikipedia) How a Read More
Building a Best-run Finance Organization: A New Role to Address Today’s Business Realities
One company executive has a growing influence in today’s boardroom@the chief financial officer (CFO). And the role of the finance organizations that these CFOs

example of a quote  evaluated in concert. For example, both cost and speed are critical in time-to-close processes. Rapid financial results enable effective and timely business decisions for all business units of a company. Financial organizations will continue to process the important daily transactions that invoice customers, pay vendors, and capture operational costs. Indeed, an ongoing mandate of finance is to generate the financial statements expected by the market and shareholders. Driving Operational Excellence Beyond Read More
6 Key Elements-A Guide to Delivering a Consistent Outstanding Customer Experience in the Contact Centre and Beyond
Customers are the lifeblood of any business, and receiving quality customer service is a major factor in their purchasing decisions. There are six key elements

example of a quote  customer experience. A simple example of how this can be achieved is to configure your CRM solution to pre-populate forms with existing customer information. This alleviates the need for agents to revisit old ground, apart from a quick check to confirm the details are still current, makes the customer feel more valued and appreciated, and allows the agent to focus on building rapport and enhancing the customer experience. The ultimate goal is to create a framework that delivers a consistent customer Read More
A Step-by-step Guide to Securing Your MS IIS Web Server with a Digital Certificate
You have a Microsoft Internet Information Services (MS IIS) web server. But what about your digital certificate solution? Learn how to test, purchase, install

example of a quote  Step-by-step Guide to Securing Your MS IIS Web Server with a Digital Certificate You have a Microsoft Internet Information Services (MS IIS) web server. But what about your digital certificate solution? Learn how to test, purchase, install, and use a digital certificate from thawte with your MS IIS, and ensure efficient management of encryption keys and digital certificates with best practices. Learn how you can address online security issues to build the confidence of your customers. Read More
Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part II: A Little Knowledge Goes a Long Way
When we left Jim, it was 7 pm, Sunday night. Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, had received a message from his CIO. The company’s legal counsel wanted to

example of a quote  Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part II: A Little Knowledge Goes a Long Way When we left Jim , it was 7 pm, Sunday night. Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, had received a message from his CIO. The company’s legal counsel wanted to know if their systems were able to support the company operating as a “deemed exporter.” ( See Part I of this series .) Jim knew he needed to work his magic and offer a solution or at least a direction to management—that’s why they paid him the big bucks. He Read More
A SaaS Start-up Cautionary Tale: The Makana Experience (Or: How You Can Create a Great Product and Still Hit the Wall)
Great products and a growing customer base are not enough to succeed in the SaaS ICM marketplace. Find out why Makana, a startup SaaS vendor, found it difficult

example of a quote  acquisition cost) ratio. For example, an unacceptable CAC of less than 0.5 would mean that it takes over two years to recuperate the cost of acquiring a new customer. The VCs in Centive’s case might have likely decided to jump ship (and salvage their investment) for fear that the vendor would never reach the break-even point. The fact that Salary.com is giving up on the compensation business might indicate that this market's days are numbered as far as the standalone, best-of-breed focus is concerned. Read More
The ROI of a New Learning Management System (LMS): How to Construct a Successful Business Case
In today’s fast-changing world, the learning management system (LMS) has become mission critical to organizations that are trying to keep employees up to date

example of a quote  ROI of a New Learning Management System (LMS): How to Construct a Successful Business Case In today’s fast-changing world, the learning management system (LMS) has become mission critical to organizations that are trying to keep employees up to date on everything from the latest technologies and regulatory requirements, to industry certifications, best practices plus job-specific and leadership skills. Download this white paper to learn how to construct the business case to justify the purchase of an Read More
Q: Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Billionaire? A: Baan -- Foster Care for Its Orphans Needed As Well
Baan Co. interim chief executive Pierre Everaert said he could not rule out a takeover of the troubled Dutch business-management software group. We hereby

example of a quote  Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Billionaire? A: Baan -- Foster Care for Its Orphans Needed As Well Event Summary On February 27, Baan Co. interim chief executive Pierre Everaert said he could not rule out a takeover of the troubled Dutch business-management software group. If someone comes along and offers a good price and can assure further growth at Baan, how can I say no?, Everaert said in an interview at the CeBIT trade fair in Hannover, Germany. Everaert took up his post after the departure in January Read More

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